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This date has been commercially released as "Road Trips: Vol 3, No. 1: Oakland 1979"
Subject: overrated.... emperor's clothes
Honestly this is riddled with slop and off-playing. Definitely some great moments and a strong finish, but here we go again with people jumping onboard and dubbing this as a classic and others, not wanting to be left out, doing the same.
Those that think Cornell 77 is the greatest will say the same about this. The rest who think there are just so many other better shows will shake their heads.
Certainly enjoyable, but so many other better shows.
Subject: Absolutely Brilliant!
This is an amazing soundboard -- one of the best of the eraI agree that the bass gets lost a bit, but I suspect that's more a function of the tapes of that era than of the mix. As evidence, give a listen to w/Dan Haugh's 12/11/79 matrix, which is full of deep growls & thundering bombs.
If you're a fan of Bobby's untethered rhythm playing, you'll dig this show. Just put some headphones on and give Sugaree a listen. He's all over it -- like a kid in the back seat w/his prom date. Yeeooww!
Subject: "One More Saturday Morning" ...!
It being a Friday night and after midnight after "Casey Jones". (This isn't important but, when I was looking at them through my binoculars during "Casey Jones", I could see superimposed upon the band as if it were on T.v., the sign "Grateful Dead" which they brought out during that tune above them, the same one in "the movie"! But when I took down my binoculars it was normal i.e. not superimposed over the band but over head)! Honest to God, a very wierd mushroom halucination that I could see interchangably only through my binoculars!
The 2nd encore was a roaring version, even better than San Diego 1979/11/24 and up to par with or the entire rest of this absolutely amazing concert! One of the best I ever saw, out of the ~211 times I saw Grateful Dead.
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: Marvelous! I Was There, Where Was I?
Tremendous performance, impeccable recording, etc.
All the first and second set is choice Grateful Dead. I noticed no appreciable flaws.
Funny, huh? I attended, but where was I? ... Probably in some dingey, smoke-filled room backstage...pretending in real time, pretending I was really there, but not really there...except I am there now.
Funny the things you take for granted. I came to a realization that this was just another one of those crazy ol' nights when you're not really paying attention because you somehow think it'll never end. And it hasn't.
What a marvelous, marvelous piece of business here, folks, Grateful Dead business...in spades!!!
just a minor complaint...Phil's bass...somehow, some way his bass mix in those days was so trampled. It sounded like the sighing of dying reeds crushed in crop circles, or some dang thing. To me, it was slightly annoying, sort of a too heavily distorted flutie flatness. Perhaps it was hall acoustics?
Nonetheless, one should not be disheartened because of my nattering about the bass. The notes played on this night by all players gallantly supercedes, and thereby, cancels-out the distortion factor. So...
"The jury shall disregard that last statement..."
****** Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy ******